Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe is a contemporary artist, activist and yoga teacher (RYT 200) living and working in Grenada. She is a graduate of Smith College where she earned her B.A. in Studio Art and worked in the education department at the Smith College Museum of Art. She is currently completing her M.A. in Cultural Studies through the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Malaika’s interdisciplinary approach to social change also includes using her certification as a yoga instructor as a catalyst for individual and collective healing and growth. She is also the director of public relations at The Grenada Goat Dairy Project, a non-profit organization, which uses its focus on quality goat dairy husbandry as a platform to actively address issues of agricultural development and education. Malaika’s artistic inquiry is fueled by her engagement with community along these varying but interlinked pathways. Her photography and film work has been exhibited internationally and regionally. Recent shows include: A Negation of Preconception (2012) Milking Parlor Studio, St. George, Barbados and More Than XY (2012) The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, UK. Malaika’s most recent new media film Off Track, Moving Forward (2013) was screened as an official selection at the Caribbean Tales Showcase in Toronto and The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. www.malaikabsl.com || twitter @malaikabsl || instagram @malaikabsl
Grenadian attorney and activist, Richie Maitland, is never far from the open pages of a book (or at least his Kindle). Richie is a musician & songwriter who using his inherently creative approach he tackles issues of social empowerment and justice as a matter of course.
Richie is a graduate of the Presentation Brothers College (PBC) and T.A. Marryshow Community College in Grenada. He worked as a teacher at PBC before continuing on to completing his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados. He is a member of the Hugh Wooding Law School class of 2012. Richie is currently working as an attorney with the Caribbean Forum for Liberation & Acceptance of Genders & Sexualities (CARIFLAGS) and a Deputy Director at Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO).
Ayisha is a native New Yorker who spent her childhood summers in Grenada, climbing trees for fruit and looking under river stones for crayfish with her many cousins, on her grandparents property in St. David’s. After a long hiatus she came back to Grenada on vacation, fell in love with the island all over again and moved here. Ayisha works as a customs clerk for North South Trading in Lance Aux Espine. She was also one of the Directors of the 2013 Camp G.L.O.W (Girls Leading Our World) a Leadership and Empowerment camp for secondary school girls across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. She is currently helping to establish a library with The Mt. Zion Full Gospel Revival Ministry Int to facilitate the needs of both the children and adults of St. Georges. Ayisha is also look forward to the day when Groundation Grenada has it’s own library to share her love of books with her fellow Grenadians.
Kimalee intentionally defines herself as an Afrikan woman born and raised in Grenada. The urgency of identifying with the continent is critical to her as she is sometimes witness to a continuous and in some cases, visceral attempt by Black [Afrikan] people to severe ties from the continent, many of whom she encountered while growing up in Grenada.
She attended the St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC), St. George’s, a time in her life that she now looks back on with much reflection. Though many beautiful memories were created within the walls of SJC, she is also now able to recognize how in many ways, hers and many other students’ had their bodies, minds and spirits strictly policed and judged.
Kimalee completed an Honours Bachelors’ Degree in Human Rights and Law and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Legal Studies, both at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she analyzed the coloniality of gender and sexuality and how that impacts rates of violence against women in Grenada. During her time at university, she was heavily involved in student activism and community organizing including playing the role of a Support Worker with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.
She currently lives in Toronto where she is employed as the Resource Coordinator with the York University Graduate Students’ Association and is also a Counselor with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/ Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR). Acknowledging the importance of labour solidarity and workers’ rights, she also serves as the Equity Officer with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, local 1281 and does organizing work with the Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity.
Groundation Editorial & Outreach Intern
I’m a current undergrad at the UWI St Augustine campus where I’m wrapping up studies leading to a B.Sc. Information Technology. I’m a quiet guy, love books, nature, into web design and computer programming. I’m looking forward to using my knowledge and skills to help shape a better Grenada. Let’s do this! Twitter @kenicenoel
Groundation Project Intern
I am a proud Caribbean Citizen of Grenadian and Cuban heritage. Having spent the past five years of my life in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago pursuing my legal training, I’ve developed an intense passion for a people- centric approach to Caribbean Integration. I am also a fervent proponent of Human Rights and Sustainable Development. Upon moving back to Grenada, I am anxious to play my part in social change and I am excited to have the opportunity to do so with Groundation. As a self-proclaimed nerd, my hobbies include debating, mooting and reading.